Jack Welch, who led G.E. through decades of prosperity, is dead at 84. He died on Sunday 1st March, 2020 in New York City.
How did he, described hisFunWorkLife?
Personae Description: Combative and blunt.
Personnel Management: Someone who dislike bureaucracy, made sweeping payroll cuts by slashing G.E. work force. Earning himself the nickname “Neutron Jack,” in the process.
Talent Development: He created intrapreneurs within G.E., and other companies repeatedly recruited talent from there.
Accolades: In 2000, The Financial Times named G.E. “the World’s Most Respected Company” for the third straight year. That was a period, when Mr. Welch was managing the company. And Fortune magazine named him, the “Manager of the Century,” in 1999.
Curtain Fall, Window View Thought: If the widely diversified corporation that Mr. Welch built for about four decades (from 1960 when he joined, to 2001 when he stepped down as Chairman and CEO), is now out of favour in year 2020; why the fight in the trenches of life, especially corporate or political life?
What Mr. Welch gave to hisFunWorkLife, was it, =, >, or <, what he gave to hisWork, what he gave to hisFun, or what he gave to hisLife?
1935: Year of his birth, (years before G.E. = about 25 years).
1960: He starts his career at G.E.
2001: He steps down as G.E. Chairman and CEO, (years at G.E. = about 40 years).
2020: He stepped out of life, (years after G.E. = about 19 years).
Fifty Percent of Life at Work (in G.E.) + Fifty Percent of Life Outside of Work = Total Existence
But that will be throwing out his post G.E. Work-life. This includes productive work, and income generating activities such as the two business books that he co-wrote with his wife, Suzy Welch, “Winning,” published in 2005, and “The Real Life MBA,” published in 2015. Or that he now has an MBA program running at his Jack Welch Management Institute. And that he kept making money from other ventures till he stepped out of life.
Seventy Percent of Life at Work + Thirty Percent of Life Outside of Work = Total Existence
It therefore seems like the most important part of Mr. Welch’s life was about G.E. And Mr. Welch ‘succeeded’ during his time at G.E., so did G.E. defined him? Should whatever G.E. has become now, also define him? Should his life before G.E. or after G.E. define him?
New York Times business columnist James Stewart wrote in 2017, “Hardly anyone considers Mr. Welch a management role model anymore, and the conglomerate model he championed at G.E.- has been thoroughly discredited, at least in the United States.”
But as Mr. John A. Byrne wrote in “Jack: Straight from the Gut,” Jack Welch “…was the right person for the (his) time,”
A story can be written in different ways, to show whichever side we prefer to look from.
Jack Welch – It’s Not Where You Start From
Jack was an only child to a railroad conductor father and a homemaker mum. Neither of his parents had graduated from high school, but he earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D.
He inherited a strong company, with $1.5 billion in profits, but took it higher. He led G.E. to a record fivefold jump in revenue and got the company’s stock market shares valuation to soar from $14 billion to more than $410 billion. And for all his hard work, love him or hate him, he went home with a record severance payment of $417 million when he retired in 2001. Got married thrice and surely had kids.
The two types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. Both make blood sugar levels higher than normal, but they do so in different ways.
It was an observant mum who noticed something unusual, from experience.
The Need to pee a lot. The kidneys respond to high levels of glucose in the blood by flushing out the extra glucose in urine (pee). Kids with high blood sugar levels need to pee more often and make more pee. Kids or teens who develop type 1 diabetes may pee a lot!
She was waking up several times during the night to pee.
Then a medical examination.
And … immediate hospitalization!
It is widely speculated that diabetes occurred when inherited genetic characteristics are triggered by environmental factors such as diet or exercise.
What triggered this? A sudden high availability of a large quantity of chocolate and sweets? A silent tucking away of some under the pillow. A greedy intake, a dangerous trigger of a sleeping inherited genetic condition?
Many type 1 diabetic children do not have diabetes in their families however, so the exact cause remains a mystery.
Type 2 diabetes among children is usually caused by an extremely bad diet from a very young age, coupled with a sedentary lifestyle without exercise.
Author Jill Savage talks about the freedom, and the challenges, of the empty nest. Savage remembers preparing for the time when her kids would leave home and being surprised at how hard it really was to adjust to a quiet house. Hear some sound advice from a mom who’s been there.
NOW THAT THE KIDS HAVE GONE
Their wives will be number one in their life, as it is supposed to be. But that means, I am not. I used to be number in their lives as their mother.
A couple says, 6 or 7 weeks after their last son had gone to college, they got a call one night from Domino’s, just checking to know, is everything okay. No kids’ orders!
It feels like being fired from the job you’ve been doing for years. Just when you are at your prime of being a good parent.
Identify crisis questions like, ‘Who am I right now?’ comes up.
I can’t ask the same questions that I used to ask anymore, because it is no longer my role.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU EXPERIENCE IT
Not just, what will I be doing, but most importantly, who will I be spending time with when they are gone? If that person will be your spouse, how are you embracing, developing or neglecting that relationship now? Develop or fix now, the most important relationship(s) in your life, outside of the kids.
Your kids will still need you, but in a different way; as cheerleader, coach, or encourager. But beyond the kids, who else will be out there that will need your nurturing? Who are you allowing now to be your own coach and encourager or you are walking the journey all by yourself with your own cook book of little experience?
You will need to let go of guilt. What you did well or didn’t do well for your kids. But, why not work now to reduce the likely reasons for guilt later? Making every parenting pain, season, events, request, a grateful privilege to respond to or handle, before that opportunity and privilege pass you on.
His name is Michael Bloomberg. 1996: Got a job in “The Cage” at Salomon Brothers 1981: Fired from Salomon Brothers (age 39) 1981: Co-founded financial information and media company Bloomberg LP 2002: Three-term Mayor of New York City (spending 12 years in all)
2014: Back as CEO of Bloomberg L.P.
2019: Resigned as CEO of Bloomberg L.P to run for president of the US
2020: US Democratic Party primaries Presidential Candidate.
REVIEW SPACE:Of course, the game changer that brought about his wealth was going into entrepreneurship and not sitting in, climbing a dazing ladder as a paid employee. But would entrepreneurship have ever happened, and at the time it did if he was not fired from his job? If Bloomberg had gone into entrepreneurship at another time (possibly years later after he was fired), and he did not follow through on his ongoing project then at Salomon Brothers, would he have achieved the same wealth?
“Just know that in the end, you’re going to be fine and they’re not” … dealing with critics
“Failure can often lead to something better.”
Note: Not all rich and influential people are a ‘success’. And like all normal human beings, our personal, public or private life is not closed until death, it’s still an open book – the past can be re-written in a better future.
OTHERS Who Went Through Similar Life-Space(From Getting Fired from a Job to Getting Wealthy)
Oprah Winfrey – Let go from dream job for being ‘dull and stiff’.
Steve Jobs – Forced to resign by the Board, from the company he founded.
Mark Cuban – Made a big sale, but fired because he won’t listen to his boss.
Walt Disney – Fired because he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas.’
Check-in:Have you now got the message?
“You always pass failure on your way to success.” – Mickey Rooney
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.” –Denis Waitley
“Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”- Napoleon Hill
“When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”- Ellen DeGeneres
“Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.” —Oprah Winfrey
“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” —Zig Ziglar
“Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” —Arianna Huffington
There were instances when “I wanted to walk out and slam my fist into a lamp post after reading the papers. It was not because of what they said, it was because of what I did or I said that was stupid. It was my mistake that bothered me,”… Michael Bloomberg during years as mayor of New York City.
Source: Q&A With Bishop T.D. Jakes and Pastor Steven
Bishop T.D. Jakes and Pastor Steven have an inspiring conversation about entrepreneurship, leadership and on how to build your vision from the ground up by making the most of your God-given opportunities.
How to Build Your Vision From The Ground Up – Q&A With Bishop T.D. Jakes
If it is not the thing, it is the thing that will lead to the thing. So get started where you are, with what you have, it is not where you are starting from or where you are going that is the problem; but what you are willing to leave behind.
Procrastination is often a symptom of perfectionism. Because perfectionists fear being unable to complete a task perfectly, they put it off as long as possible. This stems from the fear that not meeting the goal means that there is something bad, wrong or unworthy inside of them.
Whaoh! Sixteen (16) days gone already. My last post was published sixteen days ago? It sure is a lot of work to write each post. But I flow so naturally and unstoppable once I start writing. Though I know it can be tasking, but am always unfettered and unruffled by the hard work involved. So, why did I stop for this long?
Not that I did not have a daily urge to write or at least a topic to write on. I have actually started a post and left it as a draft. But I could not just spare the time to write because I was not in the mood. I also seem to have a silent fear that I will not be able to deliver the kind of quality write up that I want without distractions from my other life pursuits.
But this gave me a sense of loss. Loss of productivity, loss of connection with my online friends and co-bloggers. And a loss of traction to the speed and momentum I was building up.
I will speak and write about succeeding and not failing. A failure is someone who has given up, who has not started, or taken a step. I only had a break. A failure will be the car maker stopping work in 1914, simply because he/she could get a futuristic glimpse of the fast cars of 2018. A failure can be likened to a snail that refuse to starts its journey simply because it sees ahead, a tortoise, then a turtle, then a cheetah.
Therefore today, I choose to direct just one deadly shot against procrastination. Just write! And guess what, I choose to write about that one thing that is holding me back, procrastination. I faced the elephant in the room.
I realize that I procrastinated on this very important journey because I allow it to drop in my order of priority. I allowed myself to be bugged down by the same old “other people’s very urgent and important businesses”, and things that are in my comfort zone, rather than push my limit in this one area of flow and joy. This seemingly unimportant and not so urgent area of my life, but where I want to start making the biggest changes and achieve the highest growth.
I understand your personal frustration as you too sit in the hall way of procrastination.
But you too can get up, dust off the lethargy, arm yourself with your clearly identified life goals, game changer ideas or pursuit and just go for it! Get on board that stimulating train or activity again. That one jolly train that was taking you on your journey of purpose and accomplishment.
So, what are you going to do, differently?
My one deadly shot against procrastination, was; just start, just do it.
1. Pick your poison – this is about focus and choosing/ prioritizing on ONE thing.
2. Start today – taking immediate action.
3. Five Minute Miracle – taking a small doable chunk, or identified small action.
4. Do a Power Hour – put away all distractions and work in concentrated chunks of time.
5. Kill it With Kindness – forgive yourself for past procrastination.
6. Have a Procrastination Power Song – get a song that really gets you energized.
7. Get under the hood – understand exactly why you’ve been procrastinating a specific task.
8. Let It Go – decide if this item need to be dropped off the ‘to do list’.
9. Make a bet – have an accountability buddy and have a bet with the person.
10. Make it fun – create a reward for yourself if the procrastinated task is completed.
Finally, I have done it again. I have gone a long way writing another blog I can be proud of simply because I took the first steps.
Prior to now, I had finished some other “pressing” priorities. Yesterday, I had a very lively and stimulating conversation with a colleague about my blog. This spurred me into action and made me refocus to do just this ONE thing that I have procrastinated doing for so long. I had the conversation yesterday, failed again (did not succeed) to start yesterday even though it was on my ‘to do list’ for several days. But I took action today. At least, today is closer to immediately, more than tomorrow or never. I just wanted to kick start it. But I went more than 75% with the first shot. I did not just do a five minute miracle slot, I used a two hours online meeting to multitask.
Surely, according to the research referred to in the Forbes write up,
“… once you start something, you’re much more likely to finish it”…
This is a psychological phenomenon called, the Zeigarnik effect. With two hours spent now, I had moved from a five minute miracle to doing a power one hour. I have also forgiven myself (maybe not totally), for procrastinating this long. I also overcame the lethargy of not wanting to fail. My accountability buddy sent me a reminder email this morning, funny, just remembering. Did all these seemingly unconnected actions actually contributed to me writing this post today? Maybe.
What are you currently procrastinating doing? What will you do now, immediately, to make a difference? What can you advice to help someone stop procrastinating? Are you been daunted by procrastination triggers?
Chris Bailey’s Harvard Business Review write up on 5 Research-Based Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination listed Pychyl’s seven triggers that make a task seem more averse. They are, if the task is, boring, frustrating, difficult, ambiguous, unstructured, not intrinsically rewarding, or lacking in personal meaning.
SPARE ONE HOUR – For Additional Knowledge From Multiple Videos
I started with my ONE shot, 5 miracle minutes, 2 hours of multitasking doing this post, and ended up spending additional hours to learn more.
I realized from Robin Sharma (How I Beat Procrastination) 2WW, that my walking exercises over the weekend could also have aided my “readiness” to write today.
Rafeal Eliassen sounded so persuasive in Killing Procrastination – COMPLETELY Eliminate Putting Things Off, FOREVER. He talked about how most of us do to tap into our potential and talent. This is the same damning verdict I got yesterday when I finally made a so long procrastinated call to someone. Again, perhaps another unknown and seemingly unrelated shot that may have helped me to write this post.
Mel Robbins TEDxSF How to stop screwing yourself over came late, but made me realize that I stopped screwing myself when I pushed my ONE first shot and started to just write. I actually talked and opened up to a friend over the weekend. This is someone who had always harassed me that I don’t talk freely. Someone I can call a close stranger. I said I was not FINE! That I needed to do things differently. This is the same person who helped me get back to my exercise routine, just been an exercise buddy.
Mel Robbins piece in Retrain your Mind, and The Secret to Self-Motivation is also fantastic. The question, “why is it so hard to do the little things that will change my life”, struck a deep cord down my heart. The importance of the DECISIONS or INDECISIONS I make, daily, the 5 seconds rule, etc also corroborate the other advise from other writers or “coach”. Then comes again that powerful fact of, JUSTDO IT NOW!
DON’T wait for TOMORROW before you ACT.
Infact, don’t wait for the 6th second after now.
Within 5 seconds from now, DO SOMETHING POSITIVE to move your life, task or project FORWARD.
Beat the procrastination triggers off this game.
PLEASE, don’t throw away tomorrow.
(By the way, that’s the title of a great book by Robert H. Schuller, you need to get one and read.)
Or, if we neglect today, can tomorrow be better?
I started in the morning with a first shot.
I have done several reviews and rewriting all day, actually dropping everything else.
It’s evening and am beginning to get a bit frustrated that I have not been able to finish the post. I feel like just publishing it as is. But I can’t. It’s not yet good enough. Is it my perfectionist self at play again? Now it will want me to procrastinate on publishing this for you to read. Why should there be so many obstacles and barriers towards a good cause? At every new turn, after one other victory, why is perfectionism and procrastination there, standing in the way of my tomorrow?
Starting is just the beginning. There should be no delusion that there is always a lot of hard work involve in delivering our goal.
See you tomorrow, with your yesterday’s goals achieved, as you fiercely progress towards your life purpose and as you brighten up the world around you with the smile of someone who has had fulfilling today.